Vampires, Hip-Hop Come Together In HBO’s ‘Thirst’

Two genres not usually linked in the same sentence–vampire horror and hip-hop music–will form the basis for a new HBO thriller.

The new show–called, appropriately enough, Thirst–does not have a debut date at this time, but HBO is working with Macro Television Studios to bring it to the small screen, as reported by Variety.

Thirst–described as a “hip-hop vampire drama”–will be written by Leah Benavides Rodriguez and Carlito Rodriguez, the team that brought the hip-hop drama Empire to Fox.

The supernatural show–based on an original idea from former VH1 creative director Kevin Jordan–follows “a brilliant, but cocky, Atlanta rapper who thinks he’s found his way to stardom when he links up with hip-hop’s hottest group, but has no idea that they’re hiding a terrifying secret: They are a family of vampires with roots going back centuries,” according to the official synopsis.

Thirst, as explained, will blend “a verdant journey through the world of music with a sweeping, new vampire mythology.” The show “explores the price of fame and legacy in America and asks the eternal question–who would you become if you could live forever?”

The Rodriquez team–who also will act as showrunners–said in a statement that “music has been integral to both our lives, and Thirst is the perfect opportunity to blend genres,” they remarked. “We’re excited to bring it to life with Macro Television Studios and thrilled it has found its home at HBO.”

Kevin Jordan, Malcolm Spellman, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Ben Watkins, Charles D. King and Marta Fernandez all will serve as executive producers for the series.

Keep reading Horror News Network for more details on production schedules and casting for Thirst on HBO.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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